Craughwell AC swept the boards in the first athletic race of the New Year, the Resolution Run 5km held New Year’s Day in Galway city.
Some 300 athletes completed the fast and flat loop of the city, with Craughwell AC athletes taking the top three positions.
The last kilometre produced a great battle among Sean Cotter, Damien O'Boyle and William Fitzgerald, and in the end rising young star Sean Cotter came out on top, in a fast time of 15.55. O'Boyle crossed the tape in second place in 15.58, and William Fitzgerald was one second behind in 15.59.
There was also a clean sweep in the women's section, this time for Galway City Harriers. Regina Casey started off the year with a win, clocking 18.24 for victory, ahead of clubmates Sinead Foran in second in 18.51 and Siobhan Lee third in 19.06. Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell AC was the winner of the wheelchair category in 15.17.
Corrib AC races
Corrib Athletics club hosted its annual Run like the Wind 4k and 8k races at the Galway Wind Park in Oughterard where David Carter of GCH continued his good form.
He claimed victory in the 8km race in a time of 28.17 on a challenging circuit, with Headford’s David Bohan second in 28.55. Third home was Oughterard native Aidan Kelly in 33:08. Emer O'Connell of Corrib AC was first female across the line in 36:45.
The first three over the line in the 4k race were all from Galway City Harriers. First was Naoise Ó Gibne in a superb time of 14:06, with Brian O Connor second in 14:50. Third, and the first female, was the consistently strong performer Jean O'Connor in 17:40.
Galway Indoors: The Galway Indoor Track and Field Championships for 2020 take place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Athlone IT Arena.
National Indoor League: Round one of the National Indoor Track and Field League for 2020 takes place on Saturday in Abbottstown, Dublin at the National Indoor Arena. Galway City Harriers will field both mens and women’s teams, and Craughwell AC will field a women’s team, in this first national competition of the season
10k Barcelona: Keith Fallon of GCH made the trip to Barcelona for the top-class San Silvestre 10km on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. Fallon clocked a personal best of 31.48 to place in the top 40 overall, in an event won in 28.52.